FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WYOMING NEEDS GOV. MEAD TO STAND UP TO OBAMACARE EXPANSION NOW MORE THAN EVER

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Contact: Charles Siler
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WYOMING NEEDS GOV. MEAD TO STAND UP TO OBAMACARE EXPANSION NOW MORE THAN EVER
WYOMINGITES REJECT FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE WELFARE EXPANSION, SAYS POLL

Until this week Gov. Matt Mead has stood strong against President Obama’s efforts to saddle Wyoming with a costly Medicaid expansion plan. While Wyoming voters might at first be inclined to entertain Medicaid expansion, once they learn the facts that tepid interest turns to opposition. Seventy percent of Wyomingites oppose this ObamaCare Medicaid expansion once they understand it’s being funded with $716 billion in Medicare cuts to seniors, according to a poll released by the Foundation for Government Accountability today.

Now that Gov. Mead is embracing this ObamaCare expansion plan, it’s now up to the leaders in the state legislature to stand up for vulnerable seniors whose Medicare services are being slashed to pay for an ObamaCare expansion in Wyoming. Without strong, principled leadership from legislators, ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion will force taxpayers to foot the bill for a new welfare program for up to 27,000 working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities, diverting scarce state funds away from critical services for kids and roads.

According to the Wyoming Department of Health’s “Strategy for Health, Access, Responsibility and Employment” (SHARE) ObamaCare expansion plan, hard-working taxpayers will be on the hook for up with $556 million in costs in just the first five years. Yet, those ObamaCare federal funds will likely not be there with the new Republican majorities in Congress. Already Wyoming’s own Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi and Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis have strongly supported and co-sponsored bills in Congress to slash the federal matching funds for the states through Medicaid and repeal ObamaCare.

“Up to this point, Gov. Mead’s record of leadership against President Obama’s un-American health care takeover had been spotless. What has changed about ObamaCare that would cause Gov. Mead to now support this plan to expand ObamaCare in Wyoming? Wyoming state legislators must now decide whether to expand ObamaCare at home and give Washington, D.C. more control over the state budget and local decisions,” said FGA CEO Tarren Bragdon.

“Why would a conservative leader like Gov. Mead want to expand Medicaid welfare to working-age adults, especially when Wyoming voters stand so strongly against it? November’s election demonstrated that the people don’t support ObamaCare and voted for majorities that promised to repeal it. Voters want to finally stop this ObamaCare train wreck, not expand it.”

The FGA has launched StandStrongMead.com to help Wyomingites show their support for legislators’ fight against Medicaid welfare expansion and to call on Mead to stand strong once again. The FGA is also hitting the radio waves to show its support for Wyoming voters and their leaders in with an ad reminding Mead of his successful history rejecting D.C. dogma over Wyoming values.

“There’s no guarantee the feds are going to keep their end of the bargain. ObamaCare has been a string of broken promises and higher costs. That’s a huge reason Gov. Mead has opposed ObamaCare in the past,” said Bragdon.

“Wyoming wants Gov. Mead to go back to standing up to the Obama administration, its welfare expansion schemes and its bullying tactics to force Washington, D.C. control over America.”

The poll results can be seen here. The radio ad is attached with the release. You can read all about the FGA’s analysis of the SHARE plan and how it will cost taxpayers dearly while not helping the truly needy here. Please visit StandstrongMead.com to be heard today.

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To schedule an interview, please contact Charles Siler with the Foundation for Government Accountability at (202) 487-8652 or charles@thefga.org.